No Leisurely Sunday - Private Snorkel Charter, a walk along the Caye, and a Night on the Town
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Uuuugh! After being out until after 2:30am, Silvina and I had to be up and out by 7am for our private charter. We had agreed to go with my friends Mike and Michelle, who were meeting up with another couple in the hotel, Pat and Theresa. We had the boat booked from 7am until 11:30 am to basically go where we wanted - there was discussion about checking for manatees, snorkeling off by Caye Caulker, and then whatever else we wanted to do. Somehow, Silvina and I managed to drag ourselves out of bed and down in time for the arrival of our boat.
Chris was our tour guide and he seemed really cool and easy going. He started talking about how his cousin got married the day before to a girl from Las Vegas and we all started laughing.
It was a pretty rough day on the water, lots of wind, and pretty choppy conditions. We headed to a split in the reef near Caye Caulker where the manatees sometimes hang out. We searched for awhile but never saw a manatee anywhere. Boo! We moved over a bit to the reef area and hit our first snorkel stop. We got in the water and it was much colder than usual and I couldn't see a thing out of my mask. I thought perhaps I didn't put enough liquid soap on it but then Pat said to dive down a bit and visibility was great. Sure enough, dove a little and it was warm water and perfectly clear. Basically, we learned what a Thermocline is! The only thing is, I've always heard it's the opposite.
Next we headed closer to Caye Caulker to a spot called Coral Gardens that is said to be a nice snorkeling spot. We swam around there a bit - same issues with the decrease in visibility at the surface. We did see some beautiful fish, many different ones than what I usually see on my trips out. After that stop, we were all pretty tired after fighting the current and diving a lot in order to get pictures. We still had some time on the boat but everyone was hungry since we left before breakfast was even being served at the bar so it was decided we would head back in a little early.
**SNORKEL PHOTOS TO FOLLOW ONCE I GET THE UNDERWATER CAMERA DEVELOPED**
We got in around 10am and Silvina and I ran upstairs to freshen up a bit before heading over next door to the restaurant in hopes of more ceviche! I did not realize how early it was when Silvina asked if they were open yet...I said yeah, they serve breakfast and lunch...did not realize it was 10:30am and no ceviche until 11am!! WAAAHHH!! We decided we would order something to tide us over until 11am and also try to sweet talk the waiter into seeing if they could make it early. The chef agreed so we were in business!! We decided to try an order of fryjacks while we were waiting though.....we keep hearing about them but no clue what they were so we decided to try them.
Our ceviche arrived and it was even more splendid than the day before. There have been a few food shortages with the weather and economy issues. One of the things that has been in short supply is the onion. So, the first day on the ceviche, no real onion on it. Today's was full of onions! YUM!!! As we were getting close to finishing up lunch, in walked Mike, Michelle, Pat, and Theresa we had just been out with. They sat at the table next to us and we hung out for a bit until they had to hurry and get their cab to head off to the airport, back to Iowa!
Silvina and I decided to take advantage of the sun peeking out now and walked south on the beach to kinda check things out.
We parted ways, ran upstairs to get ready and headed off for a nice dinner at the Blue Water Grill with Mike and Michelle.
We wait another 20 minutes or so and decided to run......unfortunately, we should've run on the beach side versus the street as we ran down a dirt alley that got me caked in mud and landing in rather large potholes filled with water. Yeah, by the time we reached the Tacklebox, we were a mess!!! As we were running down the dock to get there, about 10 of the local Rasta guys were there trying to flirt with us, get us to hang with them, and we just kept running! LOL. We got inside and tried to fix our hair and dry off a bit but it was rather futile. The guy singing was good and the bar was pretty quaint. I recognized it as it had been for sale the year before and my friends and ex and I joked about buying it....looking back on it, wish we had! LOL.
About 1/2 hour after we were there, Russell showed up and introduced us to some more locals. One guy Jermaine actually lived about 3 blocks from my parents house in Torrance at one point - pretty small world! We chatted for a bit and then Giovanni showed up so we all went to listen to the band and watch the crazy local girls dance. After a couple drinks, we moved over to another lounge called "Playa" - gotta love the name!!! LOL. It was pretty dead so we decided to call it an early night and all parted ways.
Fortunately the rain had stopped which made it easier getting back to the hotel and not getting drenched. *Sigh* Hard to believe our second day in paradise was already over!!!